After its passage by the Washington state legislature, Substitute Senate Bill (SSB) 6025, the Washington “predatory loan prevention act”, was approved by Governor Jay Inslee on March 25, 2024, with an effective date of June 6, 2024.

Unlike the original version of this act proposed in Senate Bill 6025 and its identical companion bill, House Bill 1874, SSB 6025 as enacted does not include language expanding the definition of “loan” under the Washington Consumer Loan Act.… Continue Reading

Last Wednesday, the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia terminated on its docket the case challenging the CFPB’s final credit card late fee rule (Rule) which had been transferred to D.D.C. by the Texas federal district court.  The termination occurred after the Texas court entered an order reopening the case and providing notice to D.D.C.… Continue Reading

The FTC recently issued a report to Congress on its collaboration with state attorneys general.  Titled “Working Together to Protect Consumers: A Study and Recommendations on FTC Collaboration with the State Attorneys General,” the report was issued pursuant to the FTC Collaboration Act of 2021.  The Collaboration Act required the FTC to conduct a study “on facilitating and refining existing efforts with State Attorneys General to prevent, publicize, and penalize frauds and scams being perpetrated on individuals in the United States” and directed the FTC to report the results of the study to Congress together with recommendations for enhancing collaboration between the FTC and state AGs.… Continue Reading

The CFPB has released the Spring 2024 edition of Supervisory Highlights.  The report discusses CFPB examinations in connection with credit reporting and furnishing that were completed from April 1, 2023 through December 31, 2023.

Key findings by CFPB examiners are described below.

Examinations of credit reporting companies (CRCs) found the following deficiencies:

  • CRCs failed to timely implement blocks of information after receiving the requisite information relating to an alleged identity theft, without otherwise making a reasonable determination with respect to one of the permitted bases for declining to block such information as provided in the Fair Credit Reporting Act (FCRA) and Regulation V. 
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Colorado’s attempt to opt out of interest rate exportation by out-of-state, state-chartered banks ultimately will fail, and will cause irreparable harm in the interim: therefore, enforcement of the opt out should be preliminarily enjoined, according to the plaintiffs’ Motion for Preliminary Injunction (the “Motion”) filed April 2, 2024 in federal district court in Colorado in NAIB et al.Continue Reading

Yesterday, the Texas federal district court entered an order reopening the case challenging the CFPB’s final credit card late fee rule (Rule) which it had transferred to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia and providing notice to the D.C. court that “the transfer was without jurisdiction and should be disregarded.”… Continue Reading

Last Friday, a divided panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit vacated the district court’s order transferring the case challenging the CFPB’s final credit card late fee rule (Rule) to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  The Fifth Circuit also issued a writ of mandamus directing the district court “to reopen the case and give notice to D.D.C.… Continue Reading

On March 28, 2024, four former Walden University students (“Plaintiffs”) filed a proposed settlement both individually and on behalf of a putative class of current and former Walden University (“Walden”) students with the Federal District Court for the District of Maryland to resolve allegations first raised against Walden in a complaint more than two years ago.… Continue Reading

The U.S. Court of Appeals has extended until 5 p.m. CT tomorrow its administrative stay of the district court’s order transferring the case to the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia.  This is the Fifth Circuit’s second extension of its stay order, with the first extension having expired at 5 p.m.… Continue Reading

Last week ended with an intense flurry of activity in the lawsuit challenging the CFPB’s final credit card late fee rule (Rule).  The flurry followed the plaintiffs’ March 25 filing of a Notice of Appeal after the district court denied their motion for expedited consideration of their preliminary injunction motion.  In their Notice of Appeal, the plaintiffs assert that the denial of their motion for expedited consideration effectively denied their request for meaningful preliminary injunctive relief.… Continue Reading